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Addison Thompson demonstrating at Anton Kern

In her 2007 NY Sun article: Possible Warhol Self-portrait, arts writer Kate Taylor confirmed the opinions of Phillip Pearlstein and Thomas Sokolowski, then Director of the Andy Warhol Museum, that Mr. Thompson had discovered a Warhol.

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Addison Thompson demonstrating at Anton Kern 11/20/2014
Photograph by Hannah Westerman

In her 2007 NY Sun article: Possible Warhol Self-portrait, arts writer Kate
Taylor confirmed the opinions of Phillip Pearlstein and Thomas Sokolowski, then
Director of the Andy Warhol Museum, that Mr. Thompson had discovered a Warhol.

By 2010, the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board had three times denied the authenticity of Mr. Thompson’s possible Warhol self-portrait. Mr. Thompson sued in State Court and lost. The case hinged on the exculpatory clause in the Warhol
Authenticator’s contract wherein the applicant agrees never to sue them for any reason. Attorney Michael Rips took Thompson’s appeal, but the judges upheld the exculpatory clause in the Warhol Foundation contract.

After a string of questionable and faulty authentications, which caused them to lose their insurance, the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board closed it’s doors in early 2011. The Warhol Authenticator’s contract stipulate’s they will
be open to new Warhol Scholarship which could change their opinion. This allowed Mr. Thompson to opened a new case for breach of contract and civil rights abuse. Mr. Thompson suffers from Asperger’s, a mental disability.

Thompson says, “My civil rights are being violated because of my disability. I was selling art to museum’s before the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board existed. My investigation and proof contain evidence this is Warhol. If my
Warhol meets the criteria for certification, it’s authentication can’t be denied.”

A movie detailing Thompson’s discovery is available on Vimeo.

 http://vimeo.com/63916209

By Addison Thompson

Photograph by Hannah Westerman

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